The best-known mindfulness exercise is the one where you study a plastic coffee cup down to the smallest ridges. But the ridges on Alocasia are considerably more varied and perfect for immersing yourself in!
Mindfulness is one of the few alternative techniques which has been scientifically proven to work. By doing something focussed in the here and now you can reduce unpleasant things like stress, pain and negative feelings. It’s an effective way of countering symptoms of burnout and improves your flexibility, adaptability, well-being and stability. It also helps to lower your blood pressure and improve your memory. So there are plenty of reasons for incorporating it into your life.
One-on-one with Alocasia
- Sit down calmly with your plant and breathe in and out deeply.
- Take your time to study the beautiful smooth stems: what colour are they, do they have a pattern?
- There’s probably a young shoot on your plant: try to visualise how it’s currently still rolled up, but will later unfold into a beautiful leaf.
- Then focus on the leaf and the veins. And how the large veins subdivide into smaller branches. The large specimens even have leaves like spreading fans.
- Part of this destressing one-on-one session is to spray the leaves, both the top and the bottom. You can also wipe them down with a damp cloth. It gives your plant a boost, and you a calming ritual: the best time is now.